Call for Papers

19th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2019)

Stockholm, Sweden

July 16–20, 2019

This year PoPETs is running an experiment on consistency in the review process. Please read about it!

The annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) brings together privacy experts from around the world to present and discuss recent advances and new perspectives on research in privacy technologies. The 19th PETS event will be organized by KTH and held in Stockholm, Sweden 2019 (July 16–20, 2019). Papers undergo a journal-style reviewing process and accepted papers are published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs).

PoPETs, a scholarly, open access journal for timely research papers on privacy, has been established as a way to improve reviewing and publication quality while retaining the highly successful PETS community event. PoPETs is published by Sciendo, part of De Gruyter, which has over 260 years of publishing history. PoPETs does not have article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.

Submitted papers to PETS/PoPETs should present novel practical and/or theoretical research into the design, analysis, experimentation, or fielding of privacy-enhancing technologies.

Authors can submit papers to PoPETs four times a year, every three months, and are notified of the decisions about two months after submission. In addition to accept and reject decisions, papers may receive resubmit with major revisions decisions, in which case authors are invited to revise and resubmit their article to one of the following two issues. We endeavor to assign the same reviewers to revised versions. Papers accepted for an issue in the PoPETS 2019 volume must be presented at the symposium PETS 2019.

Submit papers for PoPETs 2019, Issue 4 at Please see the submission guidelines and our FAQ for more information about the process.

Important Dates for PETS 2019

All deadlines are 23:59:59 American Samoa time (UTC-11)

Issue 1
Paper submission deadline: May 31, 2018 (firm)
Rebuttal period: July 9 – 11, 2018
Author notification: August 1, 2018
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): September 15, 2018

Issue 2
Paper submission deadline: August 31, 2018 (firm)
Rebuttal period: October 8 – 10, 2018
Author notification: October 31, 2018
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): December 15, 2018

Issue 3
Paper submission deadline: November 30, 2018 (firm)
Rebuttal period: January 7 – 10, 2019
Author notification: February 1, 2019
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): March 15, 2019

Issue 4
Paper submission deadline: February 28, 2019 (firm)
Rebuttal period: April 8 – 10, 2019
Author notification: May 1, 2019
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): June 15, 2019

Authors invited to resubmit with major revisions can submit the revised (full) paper two weeks after the stated deadline. Such papers must, however, be registered with an abstract by the usual deadline. All other papers than these major revision resubmissions must be submitted by the stated deadline, including papers submitted to and rejected from previous issues. To benefit from the two-week deadline extension, major revisions must be submitted to one of the two issues following the decision. Major revisions submitted to later issues are treated as new submissions, due by the regular deadline and possibly assigned to new reviewers.

Suggested topics include but are not restricted to:

Behavioural targeting
Blockchain technologies applied to privacy
Building and deploying privacy-enhancing systems
Crowdsourcing for privacy
Cryptographic tools for privacy
Data protection technologies
Differential privacy
Economics and game-theoretical approaches to privacy
Empirical studies of privacy in real-world systems
Forensics and privacy
Human factors, usability and user-centered design for PETs
Information leakage, data correlation and generic attacks to privacy
Interdisciplinary research connecting privacy to economics, law, ethnography, psychology, medicine, biotechnology, human rights
Location and mobility privacy
Machine learning and privacy
Measuring and quantifying privacy
Mobile devices and privacy
Obfuscation-based privacy
Policy languages and tools for privacy
Privacy in cloud and big-data applications
Privacy in social networks
Privacy-enhanced access control, authentication, and identity management
Profiling and data mining
Reliability, robustness, and abuse prevention in privacy systems
Systems for anonymous communications and censorship resistance
Traffic analysis
Transparency enhancing tools
Web privacy

We also solicit Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) papers on any of this topics. To be suitable for publication, SoK articles must provide an added value beyond a literature review, such as novel insights, identification of research gaps, or challenges to commonly held assumptions.

General Chairs (
Panos Papadimitratos, KTH
Simone Fischer-Hübner, Karlstad University
Program Chairs/Co-Editors-in-Chief (
Carmela Troncoso, EPFL
Kostas Chatzikokolakis, CNRS
Program Committee/Editorial Board:
Ruba Abu-Salma, University College London (UCL)
Gunes Acar, Princeton University
Sadia Afroz, ICSI / Berkeley
William Aiello, University of British Columbia
Mashael Al-Sabah, Qatar Computing Research Institute
Mario Alvim, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Abdelrahaman Aly, imec-COSIC, KU Leuven
Sebastian Angel, University of Pennsylvania
Erman Ayday, Case Western Reserve University
Foteini Baldimtsi, George Mason University
Shehar Bano, University College London
Kevin Bauer, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Lujo Bauer, Carnegie Mellon University
Nataliia Bielova, INRIA
Igor Bilogrevic, Google
Cecylia Bocovich, University of Waterloo
Nikita Borisov, UIUC
Bogdan Carbunar, Florida International University
Melissa Chase, Microsoft Research
Kostas Chatzikokolakis, CNRS
Chris Clifton, Purdue University
Scott Coull, FireEye
Jed Crandall, University of New Mexico
Anupam Das, North Carolina State University
Rinku Dewri, University of Denver
Claudia Diaz, KU Leuven
Serge Egelman, ICSI / Berkeley
Tariq Elahi, University of Edinburgh
Ittay Eyal, Technion
Julien Freudiger, Apple
SÈbastien Gambs, UniversitÈ du QuÈbec ‡ MontrÈal (UQAM)
Paolo Gasti, New York Institute of Technology
Yossi Gilad, MIT
Rachel Greenstadt, Drexel University
Jens Grossklags, Technical University of Munich
Jamie Hayes, UCL
Amir Herzberg, University of Connecticut and Bar Ilan University
Nick Hopper, University of Minnesota
Amir Houmansadr, University of Massachusetts Amherst
KÈvin Huguenin, UniversitÈ de Lausanne
Rob Jansen, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Mobin Javed, LUMS/ICSI
Aaron Johnson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Philipp Jovanovic, EPFL
Marc Juarez, KU Leuven
Peter Kairouz, Google AI
Apu Kapadia, Indiana University Bloomington
Aniket Kate, Purdue University
Stefan Katzenbeisser, TU Darmstadt
Florian Kerschbaum, University of Waterloo
Boris Koepf, Microsoft Research
Markulf Kohlweiss, Edimbourgh University
Yoshi Kohno, University of Washington
Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, IIIT Delhi
Alptekin K¸pÁ¸, KoÁ University
Susan Landau, Tufts University
Douglas Leith, Trinity College Dublin
Janne Lindqvist, Rutgers university
Chang Liu, Berkeley
Patrick Loiseau, Inria
Wouter Lueks, EPFL
Ashwin Machanavajjhala, Duke University
Ivan Martinovic, University of Oxford
Nick Mathewson, Tor Project
Travis Mayberry, U.S. Naval Academy
Michelle Mazurek, University of Maryland
Susan McGregor, Tow Center for Digital Journalism & Columbia Journalism School
Sarah Meiklejohn, University College London
Alan Mislove, Northeastern University
Prateek Mittal, Princeton University
Esfandiar Mohammadi, ETH Zurich
Pedro Moreno-Sanchez, TU Wien
Takao Murakami, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Steven Murdoch, University College London
Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University
Melek ÷nen, EURECOM
Cristina Onete, Universite de Limoges / XLIM
Claudio Orlandi, Aarhus University
Rebekah Overdorf, KU Leuven
Catuscia Palamidessi, INRIA
Panagiotis (Panos) Papadimitratos, KTH
Charalampos Papamanthou, University of Maryland
Nicolas Papernot, Google Brain
Paul Pearce, UC Berkeley
Fabian Prasser, TU Munich
Bart Preneel, KU Leuven
Ananth Raghunathan, Google Brain
Joel Reardon, University of Calgary
External Reviewer, University of Calgary
Alfredo Rial, University of Luxembourg
Franziska Roesner, University of Washington
Thomas Roessler, Google
Phillip Rogaway, UC Davis
Stefanie Roos, TU Delft
Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, Technische Universit‰t Darmstadt
Nitesh Saxena, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Peter Schwabe, Radboud University
Zubair Shafiq, University of Iowa
Reza Shokri, National University of Singapore
Claudio Soriente, NEC
Anna Squicciarini, Penn State University
Theresa Stadler, Privitar
Nick Sullivan, Cloudflare
Paul Syverson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Nina Taft, Google
Hassan Takabi, University of North Texas
Shruti Tople, Microsoft Research
Carmela Troncoso, EPFL
Doug Tygar, UC Berkeley
Blase Ur, University of Chicago
Narseo Vallina, IMDEA Networks Institute
Joris Van Hoboken, University of Amsterdam & Vrije Universiteit Brussels
Eugene Vasserman, Kansas State University
Tara Whalen, Google
Philipp Winter, UC San Diego / CAIDA
Matthew Wright, RIT
Minhui Xue, Macquarie University and Data61-CSIRO
Thomas Zacharias, University of Edinburgh
Daniel Zappala, Brigham Young University
Ben Zhao, University of Chicago
HotPETs Chairs (
Wouter Lueks, EPFL
Susan McGregor, Columbia
PET Award Chairs (
George Danezis, UCL
Matthew Wright, RIT
Sponsorship Chairs (
Rachel Greenstadt, Drexel University
Steven Murdoch, University College London
Publicity Chairs (
Kat Hanna, The Tor Project
Rebekah Overdorf, EPFL
Publications Chairs (
Vasilios Mavroudis, University College London
Philipp Winter, UC San Diego / CAIDA
Video Chair (
Aaron Johnson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Ryan Henry, Indiana University Bloomington
Web Chairs
Ian Goldberg, University of Waterloo
Kat Hanna, The Tor Project
Stipend Chairs (
Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project
Damon McCoy, New York University
Andrei Serjantov

Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies
You are invited to submit nominations for the 2019 Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies. The Caspar Bowden PET award is presented annually to researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to the theory, design, implementation, or deployment of privacy enhancing technologies. It is awarded at PETS and carries a cash prize as well as a physical award monument.

Any paper by any author written in the area of privacy enhancing technologies is eligible for nomination. However, the paper must have appeared in a refereed journal, conference, or workshop with proceedings published in the period from April 1, 2017 until March 30, 2019.

Andreas Pfitzmann Best Student Paper Award
The Andreas Pfitzmann PETS 2019 Best Student Paper Award will be selected at PETS 2019. Papers written solely or primarily by a student who is presenting the work at PETS 2019 are eligible for the award.

As with the last several years, part of the symposium will be devoted to HotPETs — the "hottest," most exciting research ideas still in a formative state. Further information will be published on the PETS 2019 website soon.